Manager Numbers (AL Edition)
Joe Posnanski

“While the Orioles haven’t retired #7, there is a moratorium on the number. Ever since longtime coach and manager Cal Ripken, Sr. (1985–1988, 1989–1992) passed away in 1999, the team has not issued the number to anyone. The Birds also paid tribute to “Senior” by wearing a black “7” on their right sleeves for the entire 1999 season. When Cal Senior was relieved of his managerial duties six games into the dismal 1988 season, second baseman Billy Ripken honored his father by switching from #3 to #7 for the remainder of the year.”